In the 2021 assembly elections, the AIADMK could win only Bodinaikar seat of Panneerselvam in the predominantly Thevar-dominated Theni district. In Palaniswami’s home constituency of Salem, the party could win all but one assembly seat, increasing Palaniswami’s dominance among the cadre and leaders.
AIADMK workers were apprehensive that former interim general secretary VK Panneerselvam expelled from the party. As Sasikala, both belong to the powerful Thevar community, which dominates the southern regions of Tamil Nadu including Theni district. Sasikala has been trying to contact party cadres and lower level functionaries and this has created a lot of resentment within the party.